Finding employment in today’s economy is far from easy, whether fresh from college or facing the end of a long-held job.

Those at the older end of the job-hunting spectrum should know that Delgado Community College has joined AARP’s Life Reimagined for Work initiative, which helps experienced workers reach employment goals and helps employers hire experienced workers.

Delgado interim Chancellor Debbie Lea recently signed the initiative pledge, joining hundreds of employers nationwide who value older workers.

The decline of traditional pensions, inadequate savings and losses in jobs and wealth due to the economy have millions of older Americans facing economic insecurity. The unemployment rate for older workers has soared in recent years, and those who land a new job often earn less money than their younger counterparts.

Workers 50 and older can find technical support and expand career options on the Life Reimagined for Work website,, where they also can hold discussions with peers.

The AARP Foundation’s Senior Community Service Employment Program in New Orleans provides training and networking support for financially struggling unemployed older workers. For information, call the office at (504) 822-2671.

‘Thursdays at Twilight’

Music lovers and people who love to socialize can gather at “Thursdays at Twilight” to hear singer Banu Gibson at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at City Park’s Pavilion of the Two Sisters.

Gibson is a local favorite who is loyal to songs of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Enjoy the music and mint juleps, along with other beverages and food.

The popular concert series is sponsored by the Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation and Peoples Health, with support from WWNO 89.9 FM.

Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children 5-12. No pets allowed.

Tickets are available at, by calling (504) 483-9488 or at the Botanical Garden Gift Shop.

For information about Banu Gibson, visit

Thousands gather for expo

The Spice of Life Women’s Expo will return to New Orleans from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at the Morial Convention Center.

The weekend event is produced by women for women and features more than 150 booths and displays, including demonstrations by local chefs, a fashion show and makeovers. Motivational, inspirational and leadership seminars will be held.

The cost to attend is $10 per person at the door, and online tickets are available at, including a buy-one-get-one-free offer. Paramount Shows is producing the expo, which is expected to draw about 10,000 women. Sponsorship packages and booth spaces are available. For information, call (504) 539-4602.

Summer Sunday cruising

Grab your hat and dancing shoes for the Creole Queen’s Mad Hatter’s Martini Mayhem cruise from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 20.

Boarding the Mississippi River paddlewheeler begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk/Poydras Street Wharf.

The event features local songstress Anais St. John, a celebrity hat fashion show, a hat boutique by Icy Haute, and martinis and light hors d’oeuvres.

Celebrity hat models include Camille Whitworth, of WDSU; Chriss Knight, host of “The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans” by Audubon Nature Institute; Catherine Shreves, of WGNO; and Margarita Bergen, of New Orleans Living Magazine.

Cost for the creative cruise is $60 per person, and reservations are recommended because tickets are limited. For information, call (504) 529-4567 or visit

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at